Spring time in the Southern Highlands is a beautiful thing to enjoy – so what a great idea for a Sunday road trip with my favourite people visiting the now famous Tulip Time Festival, that runs from mid to late September each year.
We started out leaving the East Burbs a little later than expected, but never the less, we arrived in Bowral’s Corbett Gardens by 11.30am – to the upbeat tunes of the NSW Fire Brigade’s prize winning Marching Band. Not surprisingly, Miss Jessie Violet was crazily excited, so we headed over to watch the band first thing. After a few well known classics, and seeing the Marching Girls perform also, it was time for a little wander around to check out the gorgeousness.
We probably stayed for just on an hour, marvelling at the gorgeous tulips, all the while having to remind Jess not to pick the flowers (she is a little obsessed with picking everything she sees for me right now). The colours and the garden layouts were simply stunning, and the atmosphere was perfect for a fun, albeit chilly, trip to the country.
We then headed off in the car from Bowral about 30-40mins further south-east, to a little town called Robertson. Where we enjoyed to next 2 hours in the comfy surrounds of the Robertson Inn – where were enjoyed a refreshing beverage, a hearty lunch, and a relax for us parents as the little one was able to play in the kids area. With some super friendly locals who were up or a chat, it was a really lovely way to spend the afternoon!
We finished off the day trip with a visit to the breathtaking beautiful Belmore Falls; part of the spectacular Morton National Park that surrounds the Kangaroo Valley. With not another human in site, we spent some time soaking up the scenery from our own private viewing spot, and totally enjoyed the time together as a family.
From here, it was a short 90min drive back to Sydney to get ready for the new week ahead. A real top quality day was had by all of us, and it’s an experience I highly recommend for your calendar next year.
Words by Danielle Tinkler